Filter devices for cerebral protection during carotid angioplasty and stenting

J Endovasc Ther. 2003 Dec;10(6):1039-45. doi: 10.1177/152660280301000603.


The risk of embolization during carotid artery stenting (CAS) has been the foremost reason for the cautious acceptance of this percutaneous alternative to carotid endarterectomy. To address this issue, numerous embolic protection devices are being evaluated as an adjunct to CAS for neuroprotection. Among the 3 main categories of these devices, distal filters, which trap embolic debris while maintaining distal cerebral perfusion, have attracted the most corporate interest. This review focuses on the emerging field of embolic protection filters for use in CAS.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angioplasty, Balloon / adverse effects
  • Angioplasty, Balloon / instrumentation*
  • Angioplasty, Balloon / methods
  • Carotid Stenosis / diagnosis
  • Carotid Stenosis / therapy*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Safety
  • Filtration / instrumentation
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Embolism / prevention & control*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Stents*
  • Vena Cava Filters*